Methyl isocyanate is a colorless highly flammable liquid that evaporates quickly when exposed to the air. It has a sharp, strong odor.
Methyl isocyanate is used in the production of pesticides, polyurethane foam
, and plastics.
in facilities that produce or use methyl isocyanate have the highest risk of being exposed to this chemical. Exposure to low levels of methyl isocyanate can cause eye
irritation. People exposed to high levels of methyl isocyanate in the air have experienced severe lung
and eye damage. Methyl isocyanate has been found in at least 1 of the 1,585 National Priorities List sites
identified by the Environmental Protection Agency
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Source: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
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